Understanding "help" command description syntax - explanation needed

Dave Angel davea at davea.name
Thu Nov 6 03:37:15 CET 2014

Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> Wrote in message:
> On Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 2:56 AM, Larry Martell <larry.martell at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> And I don't think
>>> Larry was actually offended; it's just that some questions don't
>>> really have easy answers - imagine someone asking a great
>>> mathematician "But how do you KNOW that 2 + 2 is 4? Where's it written
>>> down?"... all he can say is "It is".
>> Yeah, I'm on a lot of lists and lately I've seen a lot of 'I'm not a
>> programmer, but I want to write code and I need someone to tell me
>> how." Gets to you after a while.
> Too true. Those same people are unlikely to go to a gathering of civil
> engineers and say "I'm no expert, but I want to build a bridge and I
> need someone to tell me how", yet somehow it's expected to be possible
> with software.
> ChrisA

Or I'm no expert but I need someone to show me how; build me one
 here in my front yard.

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